BioBelow are responses that have been generated by Derek Pierce, also know as Beatsystem.
How did you come by the name Beatsystem?
The name Beatsystem came about when I put together an ensemble to play systems music, e.g. Terry Rileys's, In C. This consisted of students and lecturers from Bath Spa University College, where I work. The idea was to take systems music into rock clubs and outdoor venues and away from the concert hall. We also wrote pieces that contained beats as well as systems, a sort of rock version of the Steve Reich ensemble. Hence, the name and my philosophy of mixing the avante garde music with club/rock music.
How long have you been creating music?
I started making music in the 70's using a Roland synth and a multi-track recorder; this took the form of Tangerine Dream influenced noodlings. I was also interested in the electro-acoustic work of people like Trevor Wishart and others. I did a lot of tape manipulation and experimentation. When I joined Bath Spa University College, I was able to get my hands on a computer and software, such as Csound. This helped me to develop my own style and get record deals.
Could you tell us more about your use of CSound and what it is?
Csound comes from a series of MusicV programs originally developed by Max Mathews and John Pierce (no relation) at Bell Labs. The original brief was to develop programs that would reduce the bandwidth required to make long distance telephone calls. This led to the development of the "phase vocoder" and other programs and devices. Csound was an offshoot of this research that was designed to allow composers to manipulate sound in all sorts of ways. It is free and is constantly under development by all sorts of wonderful people, including my friends John Fitch and Richard Dobson and others. It has a very steep learning curve but is unique in its capabilities.